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Prince's Palace (Palais Princier)

Explore the gilded rooms at the official residence of Monaco's monarchs, a stately, grand building in the principality's old town.

The glamorous excesses of the Grimaldi family have made the Prince's Palace (Palais Princier) in Monaco-Ville a monument to decadence. The State Apartments, functioning as a museum for most of the year, feature brightly colored frescoes and ornate chandeliers. See what life is like for the rich and famous by walking through the immaculately decorated rooms.

The Grimaldi family moved to the grounds at the end of the 13th century, although a fortress existed here since the late 12th century. The competing influences of new generations of inhabitants have resulted in an eclectic collection of styles all encompassed in one building. Today it remains the home of Prince Albert II, the head of state in Monaco.

Wander through the Palace Square, which leads up to the royal home, and try to identify the different building styles evident in the surroundings. Notice how the colonnades and elegant pale walls contrast with the medieval gray stone tower at the far end. Wait until just before noon to see the changing of the guard, a meticulously operated military drill that attracts hundreds of spectators.

Inside the palace, more than a dozen of the State Apartments remain open throughout the year for the public to explore. Marvel at the large frescoes covering some of the ceilings and look for artworks from such esteemed masters as Brueghel and Mignard. Each room in the palace serves a different function. The Mirror Gallery, for instance, is used for entertaining visiting heads of state.

Learn about the Grimaldi family tree through the portraits on display in the Blue Room. In one wing, the Museum of Napoleonic Souvenirs exhibits memorabilia which once belonged to the famous French emperor.

In summer, concerts are held in the palace courtyard. The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra performs classical music throughout July and August. Purchase a ticket and enjoy a night under the stars listening to stunning symphonies and sonatas.

The Prince's Palace stands on the rocky outcrop of Monaco-Ville, about a 15-minute walk from the station. If you don’t want to walk, ride a bus to the Chapelle de la Visitation stop.


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